Allen Houston, 83, longtime member of Long Leaf Baptist Church

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WILMINGTON — Allen Houston, 83, died comfortably at his home after a brief illness Sunday, March 12, 2017.

He served honorably in the U.S. Army and was a longtime member of Long Leaf Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Lee; two sons, Tony Houston, and his wife, Beth, of Raleigh, N.C., and their children, Amanda, Robert, Matthew and Holly; and grandchildren, Ethan, Anna, Talan, Abigale and Alison; and Roy Houston, and his wife, Patricia, of Coldwater, Miss., and their children, Autumn and Mendy; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 16, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.